Atlus set to release Game of Thrones game in 2012
The Game of Thrones franchise has taken off in recent years, mainly in part because of HBO’s television adaptation of the popular George R. R. Martin series of novels. The franchise will now expand even further with Atlus set to develop an action RPG set in the fictional world of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
Like its television counterpart, the video game will be under the supervision of Martin so it will stay true to Game of Thrones fans. “Winter is Coming” and with it is an all-new story along with familiar characters and locations, many of which will be based upon the visuals seen in the TV series.
“The Game of Thrones television series and the A Song of Ice and Fire book series it is based on represent some of the most captivating, original medieval fantasy and drama ever created,” commented Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO of Index Digital Media, Inc. “Its amalgam of bitterly antagonistic rival houses, deeply nuanced characters, intricate political machinations, and breathtaking fantasy–all set within a richly storied world–offers unparalleled realism and raw emotion. We are honored to work with HBO, Cyanide Studios, and the great George R. R. Martin in bringing an exciting action RPG set in this beloved fantasy universe to fans and gamers in early 2012.”
According to the press release, you’ll be able to play as multiple characters and embark on various quests that will impact the world around you. The main storyline is also said to take around 30 hours to complete. In addition, you’ll be able to play as two new characters who were former soldiers of Robert’s Rebellion.
One of the new mechanics the game will implement is the “active slowdown tactical combat engine.” While we don’t know just exactly what this implies, we’re told that fighting slows but never stops, forcing you to make tactics decisions quickly.
Judging from the initial batch of screenshots, the game appears to be in the same vein as Dragon Age.
Game of Thrones is currently set for an early 2012 release. You can check out the official website but currently all it displays is a frozen winter.